# SolidWorks Lesson Template for Teachers to Contribute Cover Sheet for Exemplary Lessons/Units Project Faculty Member

Name: Brian Moravec Date: August 29, 2007 School District: Oregon University System Teacher’s School email address: brian.moravec@oit.edu Title of Lesson/Unit: Determining the mass of an object. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) STEM Concepts Addressed: This lesson uses Solidworks to determine the mass of an object. Variations of the same object will be drawn, and the lightest object the meets the design requirements will be chosen. Length of instruction period: 1 hour How many periods needed to implement lesson unit: 1 period Grade Level(s) for use: All Objectives: 1. Create a mounting plate that conforms to a given set of requirements.
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From the original design, create a series of plates using a design table.

3. Determine the mass of the plates, and determine which design is the lightest. Materials: Solidworks, Microsoft Excel, paper and pencil. Procedures: • Create a new part in SolidWorks with millimeter units (located under: Tools, Options, Document Properties, Units; set to MMGS system) • Using the Sketch command, select Rectangle to sketch with. • Now, select the Front plane to sketch on. • Create a rectangle that is 15 mm wide and 10 mm high (this can be done by drawing an approximate rectangle and then using the Smart Dimension command). • Now, Extrude the rectangle 2mm. • Next, we will assign a material type to the plate. Do this by selecting: Edit, Appearance, Material. Assign the plate to be: Iron, Gray Cast Iron. • Determine the mass of the plate by selecting: Tools, Mass Properties. (Note, if you are requested to rebuild the model, select OK). The mass should be shown as 2.16 grams. Note that a lot of additional values are shown; these will be useful for advanced design projects. • Insert a 2.0 mm hole through the center of the plate (you may use the Hole Wizard, or Extrude Cut).

11 grams now. it should be 2. .• Determine the mass of the plate again.

• • • • • • Now. Under properties you will see “Name” with the default name (such as D1). select Block model edits that would update the design table so you are not allowed to change the model if these changes would update the design table. Set the name of the width to Width. Design Table. To rename a dimension from its default do the following: Right click the dimension. select Blank to insert a blank design table. click OK (the check mark) to close the dimension property manager. You should see the names of the dimensions (some may be the same). Do this by selecting: Insert. height to Height. To do this we will assign names to the height and width dimensions. and then select Properties. Type in the new name and then select OK. Under Edit Control. In the design table we will change the height and width of the plate. Finally. then under the Systems Options tab select Show Dimension Names. . Now. we will make a Design Table for our plate. and rename the hole dimensions to Center Height and Center Width. which will allow us to vary the dimensions. and click OK. insert a design table. Select Options from the Standard Tool Bar. all-the-while keeping the hole centered in the plate (at least for now). Under Source.